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If I leave the US through an airport, do I have to return through the same airport?

Your question is well founded. Some type of visas to some countries allow you to enter and exit via specific entry points only. For example, ENTRI visa of Malaysia limits to persons who are appearing ...
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Which airport will I land at in Iceland if my ticket says "Reykjavik Keflavik Internationl Apt."?

Google was wrong. There are two airports "in" Reykjavík: Reykjavík Airport, which is close to town and serves only domestic destinations and Greenland, and Keflavík International Airport, a.k.a. ...
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Which airport will I land at in Iceland if my ticket says "Reykjavik Keflavik Internationl Apt."?

You will be arriving at Keflavik (KEF), which is a 40-ish minute drive outside Reykjavik. Keflavik is now the main airport for Reykjavik, and all the car hire agencies have a presence there.
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Is 4 days enough to discover Iceland's Ring Road and Golden Circle by rental car in late March?

No, 4 days is (way) too short for tourists and especially in the winter. Yes, you can probably drive around the ring road (Route 1) in Iceland; it's 1,332 km and the Golden Circle is only 300 km. The ...
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Can we change drivers without the rental firm getting to know?

You could change without the rental firm knowing, but it's very risky. Suppose there is an accident while the other driver is driving. If there are any witnesses to the accident (drivers of other ...
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What does the Apple Command key symbol (⌘) mean on Icelandic road signs?

I found the definitive answer when I was typing this question; while inserting the ⌘ in the question's title and hovering over it, the dialog showed me it's a Place of Interest Sign: According to ...
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How can I get to Iceland on a cargo ship?

I don't know if boarding a freighter by asking around in the port or approaching the ship's captain is still possible nowadays, many things I read suggest it is not. In a large port like Rotterdam, ...
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Long road trips in Iceland - where to relieve ourselves?

There are obviously a lot of gas stations along this road too, some of which have restrooms you can pay a little to use. See hours on the linked page as well. These are frequently treated as public ...
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Renting car without owning credit card

Contact your credit card issuer, and ask for a second card on your account with your wife's name printed on it. Most credit card companies will happily do this.
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Shortest transatlantic flight from Europe to somewhere, so that continental US can be reached by land (with possible ferry)

I would suggest to invest in a good phobia therapy; it will help in the long run. Either with a private generalist therapist or with a specialist that , erm, specialized in air travel/flight phobia. ...
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Do I have to pay this cancellation fee?

From the way you described it, it looks like you agreed to a contract with specific terms, which include cancellation penalty. Unless the contract stated the penalty would only apply once you made ...
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What are these metallic plates found around Iceland?

Wikimedia Commons has a picture where the contents of the plate can be discerned. They are there to help you identify landmarks in the vicinity. These sorts of things are called “orientation tables” ...
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Shortest transatlantic flight from Europe to somewhere, so that continental US can be reached by land (with possible ferry)

If flight time is truly of the highest consideration, then this blog details one person's travel around the world desiring the least possible flight time in doing so. Three options are proposed, but ...
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Long road trips in Iceland - where to relieve ourselves?

My girlfriend and I did this drive about 3 years ago, and we went all the way through Vik and up to Egilsstaðir. We never struggled to find petrol stations, small coffee shops and guesthouses where we ...
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Shortest transatlantic flight from Europe to somewhere, so that continental US can be reached by land (with possible ferry)

Reykjavik to Halifax (Nova Scotia) is showing as 18:05 to 19:40 according to Icelandair's summer timetable, page 23. That isn't really 1h35 minutes of course, thanks to time zones. The timetable ...
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Can we change drivers without the rental firm getting to know?

@phoog's answer is very good, but I'm posting this answer to place more emphasis. Do not even consider doing this. Only the people who are named drivers of the vehicle are insured to driving it. This ...
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If I leave the US through an airport, do I have to return through the same airport?

There is no requirement to leave and enter through the same port of entry. Note that this applies to everybody: US citizens, permanent residents, visitors, and anybody else entering or leaving the US. ...
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Can I use CouchSurfing as as proof of accommodation for a Schengen visa?

There is nothing in the regulations that prevents an applicant from using a hospitality exchange or social networking for accommodation. They would treat these arrangements in the same way as if ...
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Solo driving in Iceland in late March

If you rent a car in March, the car will be fine for driving on the ring road in March. The question is, will you be? I used to live in northern Scandinavia, and have driven rental cars in winter in ...
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Long road trips in Iceland - where to relieve ourselves?

Restrooms appear with adequate frequency along the way. A few years ago, I drove around the whole island. While I was told the ring road was around 1400km, my car clocked in 3400km when I returned to ...
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Shortest transatlantic flight from Europe to somewhere, so that continental US can be reached by land (with possible ferry)

St. John's seems like the best jumping-off point, as the easternmost major airport in North America. If having the shortest flight possible is really the goal, Air Canada has a flight from St. John's ...
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Skip the Schengen member state that issued me visa and visit another member state

Well, your visa was issued under the assumption that Iceland would be the main destination of your trip. What you want to do is possible, but the border officers that you will encounter in France are ...
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Why is renting a car so expensive in Iceland?

'Expensive' is relative. That said, a quick search on https://book.cartrawler.com saw me get prices for under 500 euros for ten days. Still not very pleasant, but better than 1100 euros. Your ...
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Powering devices in Iceland from USA?

It looks like all your devices can be charged via USB. In this case you should already have voltage switching chargers for all of them. In fact, these chargers are interchangeable, except for the ...
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Ferries from Iceland to Portugal or Spain

The only company I know of that runs regular ferries to Iceland from either Denmark or the Faroe Islands is Smyril Line. Also, I'm Portuguese and have already been to Iceland and I can tell you I've ...
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Do I need Gravel, Sand and Ash insurance when renting a car in Iceland?

I was recently in Iceland (early March) and also rented a 4WD, with the intention of going off the main roads, but nothing too adventurous. I also visited Svartifoss. If you are just going to be ...
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Long road trips in Iceland - where to relieve ourselves?

The leave no trace principles provide excellent guidelines for doing your business in the wild. As the name suggests, the general memento is leave no trace. In other words, whatever you carry in you ...
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Hiking across Iceland

Your planned itinerary is too ambitious. You might make it, but might is not enough. Considering the uncertainty of hiking off-trail in unknown terrain, you need to have a plan that allows ...
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I've been to Keflavik, Iceland, but now I can't find it on the map!

According to wiki, Reykjanesbær is a community that encompasses also Njarðvík and Hafnir. The town where your pointer ends up is Keflavik, but the label shown on Google Maps is from the larger ...
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How do I find a campsite that allows campfires in Iceland?

No. Any open fire requires a permit. A campsite might operate a communal campfire on special occasions, but guests are not allowed to light their own campfires. Reference: Icelandic Tourist Board, ...
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